A well-known field guide has been known to say, “Taking a game drive is like watching a movie, while walking in the bush is like reading a book.”

Learn to walk in the wild in the Madikwe Game Reserve with your senses finely tuned to every sound and smell. Accompanied by an expert walking-trails guide from Jaci’s Lodges, you’ll explore parts of Madikwe on foot. You may not see many of the larger animal species, but you will learn so much more about the relationship between flora and fauna in the African bush, making it an unforgettable experience, for all your senses.

What to expect

A walking safari is all about the smaller things the bush has to offer, things you would normally miss while out on a game drive.

The focus is on smaller mammals, birds and insects, along with the surrounding trees and grasses, with a spotlight on animal spoor and dung, small flowers and plants, bird calls and the aromatic smells of herbs and shrubs.

If you are really lucky you might encounter some of the larger mammals while on foot, but normally you can get closer to them when on a vehicle, certainly you will see their “spoor” and even track them if very fresh.

We recommend a reasonable level of fitness as walks vary between 5km and 10km over the three to four hours.

You walk at the pace of the slowest person in the group, so there’s no need to worry about having to keep up with your guide.

No guests under the age of 16 years are allowed on a walking safari.

Practical tips and tricks

Opt for neutral-coloured clothing – shorts in summer and long trousers in winter. Wear comfortable, closed walking boots and socks (seed gaiters if you have) and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face from the sun.

Don’t forget the sunblock!

Try to carry as little as possible with you. Stick to a small daypack with a camera, binoculars and note book.

Your guide will carry a first-aid pack, water, a radio for emergencies and loo paper.